3 Link Building Methods that Work

3 Link Building Methods that Work

The water cooler is a beautiful place. Everyone gathers around, metaphorically speaking, chit chats about this and that, argues about that and this. At Level343, aka Geeks R Us (no copyright infringement intended), the water cooler is where we hash or rehash the intricacies of SEO, search marketing, copywriting, code, and so on. As you can imagine, every session is noisy.

Now, our philosophy has never been to blindly follow, and rightly so. As every SEO knows, what works for client A and D, may not necessarily work for clients B, K and F. Sometimes, even we (precise, planned, thoughtful people that we are) shrug and say, “Hell if I know. Let’s do it and see what happens.”

Over the past couple of months a lot of chatter has been about link building – one of those “rehash” things. Some questions:

  • What traditional methods still work?
  • Conversely, which ones don’t?
  • What “new” methods should we be considering?
  • With all the ideas and techniques being bandied about, which ones should we test that we haven’t?
  • And finally, has social completely done away with active link building?

    Now, I’m going to start right out, full speed ahead, and say conversation is the new currency – i.e. social media and all its intricacies have time and again proven their worth for our clients – at least the smaller ones.

    It seems, however, the larger companies (with some exceptions), just don’t grasp words like conversation, engagement and community. Consequently, we have to conclude that, yes, Virginia, link building is still a viable SEO method and no, we can’t kick this often time-consuming chore to the curb. Ah, well – we move on.

    3 Working Link Builders

    Several methods still work: directory submissions, as a less than stellar example. However, the three I’d like to share today have worked for us over and over again.

    Social Aggregators

    With social aggregators, we see movement of the immediate kind.

  • Post blogs on the main site.
  • Write interesting lead ins.
  • Hit places like Tumblr and Postrous with those little snippets.
  • Schedule away to your heart’s content
  • And voila, almost instant traffic. With social sharing buttons such as Share This, it’s even quicker – if you don’t mind not having full control over what goes out. What I like about this method is you get more umph out of every piece of content placed on the main site. As well, it’s similar to creating satellite sites, but the sites themselves are already created.

    Infographics

    Would you consider infographics a link building tool? I would.

    We, traditional content developers that we are, recently did a test with infographics. We came up with a targeted, currently trending term. After quite a few hours under hot lights mapping, designing and creating, we had us what we thought was a clean infographic.

    The time: right during the Farmer Update.
    The infographic: Google Algorithm Dance
    The returns:

  • over 4x the traffic of our written blogs
  • number of links spiked
  • referring sites spiked
  • the page itself has a PR of 4
  • In terms of ranking, we shot up in the ranks for at least 7 Google related terms and several SEO terms, to boot. We garnered over 80 links from authority sites and most of the linking pages have a PR of 3 and above. The post still ranks number one for “google algorithm dance”.

    We’re discussing what the next one should be now…

    Guest Posting

    This is an entirely different beast. Guest posting is one of those hit and miss things. If you didn’t get your goal amount of traffic, you have to figure out if it was:

  • Because the article wasn’t received well
  • Visitors to that particular site aren’t active link followers
  • The site doesn’t get as much traffic as you thought
  • The list goes on. There are a lot of potential reasons why a guest post doesn’t perform the way you expected. You then have to figure out why. Sure, you gain a link, but, unless the post is on a site that gets snapped up by content aggregators, that’s all you get – one link.

    Of course, there’s authority and visibility to consider, but in terms of links only – eh… it works, but it’s not my all time favorite.

    What’s your Favorite Link Building Method?

    The three I covered above are some we like to use. Of the who-knows-how-many methods there are we know these work.

    My question to you is, what’s your favorite method of building links? Leave out anything you do to build authority and gain links on the side – let’s look at link building for the sake of links. Are you a directory diver? A satellite surfer? An article spinning madman? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments!

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    2 Comments

    1. Good post. The success of an online business also depends on the incoming links. Make sure that your articles are rich in knowledge and they contain valuable information that any reader will find useful and beneficial.

    2. Maciej @ Brandignity

      Infographics are an amazing way to generate new links but the challenge is executing a nice visual piece of information. Do it poorly and you could have a negative reaction from the community.

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